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Pit bulls behind Thursday attack may be declared dangerous

Pit bulls behind Thursday attack may be declared dangerous

SPOKANE, Wash. - Three people were injured, two of them hospitalized, after two pit bulls attacked several people in the 1800 block of East Bridgeport Thursday afternoon.

Police say an 8-year-old girl and a 50-year-old man were severely injured and were hospitalized. Both were released from the hospital Friday.

Neighbors and investigators describe the scene Thursday night as chaotic. Witnesses say it started when some kids let the two pit bulls out of a home's backyard.

The dogs attacked an 8-year-old girl first and neighbors jumped in to try and save her.

"As soon as the neighbors were able to get the dog off one person, the dog would go after another person so it was an ongoing chaotic scene," Spokane Police Lieutenant Craig Meidl said.

Jason Connerly saw his neighbor, a 50-year-old man, pinned to the ground with dogs on top of him.

"His face was torn up, his arm was torn up, he had blood everywhere," Connerly said.

During the melee Connerly was also bitten on his hands and legs, though his injuries were not as severe as the other two.

Connerly hit the dogs with a shovel until they went away.

The two pit bulls are now quarantined at scraps for ten days to see if they have rabies and so officers can investigate the case.

"If a dog inflicts injury on a human without provocation, and causes severe injury it would be deemed dangerous," Nancy Hill with SCRAPS said.

Charges may be filed against the owner, even though she claims she wasn't home at the time.

If the pit bulls are deemed dangerous dogs they could be put down and all signs point toward the finding the dogs are dangerous, however.

"This is a very intense dangerous dog investigation, and if what we know so far holds true, they will be deemed dangerous," Hill said.

SCRAPS is investigating and talked with witnesses in this neighborhood all day Friday and charges could be filed as soon as Monday.